When they went upstairs for naps I went to the basement to sew. Cutting fabric, running my sewing machine, making something just helped me get through the day. I think it is probably genetic because Grandma Amsler was a seamstress as well as knitter. And Mimi sews. And Grandma Pringle sewed.
I should also tell you that the progeny all graduated from a Jr.Hi/High School that endeavored to drown us in tee shirts. Any school group produced a yearly tee shirt. Any fine arts production or singing group had an associated tee shirt. Every year each grade level had a tee shirt. Any gigantic sporting achievement had a tee shirt. Figure a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 tee shirts a year…..that is a lot of tee shirts. And we seemed to buy them all.
When Cartoon Girl went off to college she had a ton of tee shirts from all those Royal Theater productions and so she made herself a tee shirt quilt. Yes, I know, it seems that there is a tee shirt quilt that is made in the movie “Eclipse” that is currently in theaters. We were doing that LONG before the books or the movies.
Defensive much Deb? I think we should get royalties! It was our idea first.
Where is this post going? Does it have a point? Does it have a place that you are trying to get to?
Yes. Sheesh you people are so picky and driven.
So, Shoe Queen has A LOT of tee shirts, more than she could wear. And she asked me if I could make her a tee shirt quilt.
You betcha I can! (Channeling my inner Sarah Palin)
My tools. Those scissors have been my fabric cutting scissors for…..hmmmmm…….I think 30+ years. I took a quilting class and convinced Mimi that I absolutely HAD to have good scissors. The rotary cutter, pad and ruler have been used and abused for many a year. There is nothing like a good rotary cutter!
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Tee shirts fear me.
The first thing that you have to do is figure out what the best general size is that you should cut your tee shirts. For this quilt the squares were cut 12.5 x 12.5 inches so that the final squares would be 12x12 inches taking into account a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all four sides of the squares.
I ended up with 30 pieces of tee shirt that I thought would work. Then it was off to find a piece of open floor to play tee shirt puzzle, moving pieces around until I had them in the order that I liked.
I think that will do it.
Then it was over to the sewing machine to sew them all together. I sewed them into strips 5 tee shirts across. Then I sewed the strips together into two halves. And then I sewed the halves together.
I had already gone to the local thrift store and purchased a piece of blanket for $3 that was just the right “weight” to be the batting or “filling” for the quilt. Thank you to whoever cut the blanket in half and then decided to donate that to the Fabulous Finds.
Now is probably not the time to tell you how much I love Fabulous Finds…..that is for another post I think.
After cutting the blanket batting to fit it was then time to take care of the fabric for the back…..
And that was when I realized that I hadn’t bought enough fabric. In fact I figured that I needed at least another 3 yards. I bought 4 yards the first time around for the love of Pete. But that wasn’t quite enough. So it was off to Jo Ann Fabrics on a Saturday morning to get more fabric. Thank goodness they had some. But that meant that I also had to wash and dry the fabric before I could use it.
And then, as I was sewing along, I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough thread in that particular color….. So it was back to Jo Ann Fabrics AGAIN to get some thread. I should also say that it is about a 15-20 minute drive each way. I wasn’t happy.
And then it was, as I was looking at the quilt, that I realized I had sewn one of the strips upside down.
And there was no way on God’s green earth that I was going to take it all apart to repair that. Shoe Queen will just have to tell people that it is all a deliberate part of the quilt. A conversation starter as it were.
Of course it was 94F that day so that will have to wait for a cooler day…..like October.
I may have to make one of these for myself.